Matt Moore – Pitcher Card | The Process Report

Matt Moore – Pitcher Card

Over the next few weeks, we will be publishing player cards for most of the 40-man roster. It is our hope that these cards become points of reference for you during the 2014 season. All data via ESPN Stats & Info

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Strengths (2012-2013):

  • Is one of the toughest pitchers to put a ball into play off of. Only Max Scherzer, Yu Darvish, Justin Verlander, and Stephen Strasburg have lower rates.
  • Has the sixth-highest swing and miss rate; only Francisco Liriano, Darvish, Scherzer, Tim Lincecum, and Cole Hamels have done better.
  • The difference in his wOBA vs RH compared to LH is just 11 points (.306 to .295)
  • Has a higher strikeout rate vs RH batters but a lower walk rate vs LH batters
  • His home run to fly ball ratio is 11th best for starting pitchers at 8.0%.
  • Has the third-lowest “well hit” average (metric via Trumedia) in the league at .150. Only Clayton Kershaw & Adam Wainwright have lower averages (.131 & .149).

Weaknesses (2012-2013):

  • Has the second-highest BB% of all qualified starting pitchers. Only Edinson Volquez has a higher percentage.
  • Batters do not chase many of his pitches. His 24.7% rate ranked 107th out of 114th. Only Jason Marquis, Felix Doubront, Volquez, Yovani Gallardo, Juan Nicasio, and Ubaldo Jimenez were worse.
  • Throws just 51.1% of his fastballs in the strike zone; that ranks in the bottom 30% of the league.
  • Rarely uses his changeup against LH batters; 94.5% of his pitches to LH are fastballs or curveballs.
  • His 4.03 pitches per plate appearance is the 6th worst for starting pitchers. Only Chris Tillman, Scherzer, J.A. Happ, Nicasio, & Doubront have higher rates.

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